Mabon Prayer

Adapted by Akasha Ap Emrys

Autumn colors of red and gold
As I close my eyes tonight
Such a wonder to behold
I feel the God/dess hold me tight
Watch leaves turning one by one
Though it grows dark, I shall not fear
Captured bits of Autumn Sun
For Divine Love protects all here
Soon they’ll fall and blow away
Through the night, until the morn
The golden treasures of today
When the shining Sun’s reborn
When the trees are bare
Time to sleep, time to dream
And the ground grows cold
Till warm gold rays upon me stream
These warm memories
I’ll still hold.

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New Year Poem

May you awaken to the mystery of being here and enter
the quiet immensity of your own presence.

May you have joy and peace in the temple of your own
senses.

May you receive great encouragement when new frontiers
beckon.

May you respond to the call of your gift
and find the courage to follow its path.

May the flame of anger free you from falsity.

May the warmth of your heart keep your presence a
flame and anxiety never linger about you.

May your outer dignity mirror an inner dignity of
soul.

May you take time to celebrate the quiet miracles
that seek no attention.

May you be consoled in the secret symmetry of your
being and may you experience each day as a sacred gift
woven around the heart of wonder.

John O”Donahue, The Blessing of Presence


Source

Short Devotional

Adoration to the Lady/Lord of the Universe
To be addressed to the Great Universal Mothers & Fathers

Hail to thee, Lady(s) & Lord(s) of the Universe!
Hail to thee, whom have existed before Nature!
Hail to thee, the Vast & the Mighty Ones!
Hail to thee, whom are the Source of all Things!
Lady(s) & Lord(s) of the Darkness, and of the Light!

At this time, attune and draw down the Celestial Fire

I thank you for the gifts, which I have received!

I, ___________, bid you Hail! Blessed be!

Litha poems and chants

Summer Solstice
by Rhiannon Cotter

Summer Solstice, the longest day,
represents a turning point from Spring to Summer
during which the Sun God directs the ripening
and blossoming of the grain and fruit.
Here in the heat of the Summer,
the crops are transformed as are our actions, thoughts and plans.
All things are tempered by the heat of the Sun.
Blossoming and ripening of our works are manifested,
or they shrivel and die in the heat. A
ll the while, sexual energy is growing.
The Sun God impregnates the Earth Goddess in a sweet
“petit mort”—as the cup is to the Goddess, so too is the athame to the God.

Midsummer
by JT

Midsummer —
Longest day
Shortest night
Longest light
Shortest dark
The world within
Echoes the world without
Lush foliage, leaves unfurled
Soft springy grass dotted with
Brightly colored flowers peeping through
The earth is green and bright
With warm sunny days
Clear velvety blue skies
Gentle cool breezes
Nature in glory
Our hopes blossom
Creativity flowers
With the season
The seeds of the fruit
Our desires will bear
Can be seen
On the stems
Of our dreams

Summer Invocation
by Trish Telesco
Fireflies and summer sun
in circles round
we become as one.
Singing songs at magick’s hour
we bring the winds
and timeless powers.
Turning inward, hand in hand
we dance the hearth
to heal the land.
Standing silent, beneath the sky
we catch the fire
from out God’s eye.
Swaying breathless, beside the sea
we call the Goddess
so mote it be!

Elemental Chant & Prayer

Elemental Prayer
Back to the river, back to the sea, back to the ocean, one with thee.
Back through my blood, back through my veins, back to my heartbeat, one in the same.
Back to the forest, back to the fields, back to the mountains, the Earth is revieled.
Back to my bones, back to my skin, back to my Spirit, the fire within.
Back to my Spirit, the fire within.

Elemental Chant
By Grandmother Willow
Blessed Be the Wind that blows,
Blessed Be the Fire that glows,
Blessed Be the Water that flows,
Blessed Be the Earth that grows,
Blessed Be the Spirit that knows.

Beltane Chants and Songs

Invocation
from A Victorian Grimoire by Trish Telesco

Feathered winds come dance with me
Lift me from the ground.
Join my waltz, my spirit, freed
As we’re upward bound.

Tongues of flame come jump with me
Ye purifying fires,
Join my joy, my playful glee
As we move yet higher.

Tears from seas, come sing with me
Roll from out the caves,
Join my verse, my body cleansed
In your healing waves.

Mother Earth come laugh with me
Set aside your toils,
Join my chant of forests green
Secure me in rich soil.

Earth and Air, Fire and Sea
I call you all, come dance with me!
Grant me now a sacred space
While working magic in this place.

In this invocation, each verse is designed for a cardinal point of the altar. At each of these four directions, a candle of the appropriate color should be lit, and a symbol of the element blessed as indicated in each verse. This is meant to be a celebration of life, so dance and sing around your circle. Don’t be afraid to get inspired.

Beltane Song
from the Pagan and Wiccan Parenting Page

Good Bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
Good bye Winter,
We wish you’d leave us now.
(replace the following words for “Winter:” snow, slush, snowsuits, cold wind, and any thing else the children come up with.)
Come back Springtime,
Come back Springtime,
Come back Springtime,
We wish you’d come today.
(replace the following words for “Springtime:” green grass, flowers, birds, and any thing else the children come up with.)

The Beltane Chase

Ladies: I shall go as a wren in spring
With sorrow and sighing on silent wing
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men: And we shall follow as falcons grey
And hunt thee cruelly as our prey
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies: Then I shall go as a mouse in May
In the fields by night and cellars by day
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men: But we shall follow as fat tom cats
And chase thee through the corn and vats
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies: Then I shall go as an Autumn hare
With sorrow and sighing and mickle care
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men: But we shall follow as swift grey hounds
And dog thy tracks by leaps and bounds
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies: Then I shall go as a Winter trout
With sorrow sighing and mickle doubt
And I shall go in our Lady’s name
Aye, till I come home again.

Men: But we shall follow as otter’s swift
And snare thee faster thou can’st shift
And we shall go in our Master’s name
Aye, to fetch thee home again.

Ladies: Aye, and I’ll come home again.

Beltane Blessing Chant

Oak and May,
On This Day,
Will both Heed
Those in Need.
Goddess Bright,
God of Sun,
Bless your Children
‘Till our days are done.

Bulb Planting Earth Chant
by Eileen

For all those spring planted bulbs like lilies, oxalis, glads, begonias and such:

breath of the stone is strange to me
i know it lives as i can’t see
force of the earth is strong and free
sustenance and beauty be
born of the stars and sprang from the ground
Mother, Goddess all around
Wheel must turn as the seasons show
what lies dead shall surely grow

May Day Chant 1
Here we come a’ piping,
In Springtime and in May;
Green fruit a’ ripening,
And Winter fled away.
The Queen she sits upon the strand,
Fair as lily, white as wand;
Seven billows on the sea,
Horses riding fast and free,
And bells beyond the sand.
Doreen Valiente; “Witchcraft for Tomorrow”; Phoenix Publishing 1985

Maypole Dance Chant
Ann O’Brien 1995

Weave, spin, dance your cares away,
A spirit fire’s alive to your entrancing,
Weave, spin, dance into the May,
The earth and sky are wed as you are dancing,
Weave now

Pagan Prayer Beads

Since the rosary is a prayer ritual dedicated to the Blessed Mother, it has been a no-brainer to former Catholics to redefine either the rosary itself or similar concepts of prayers to the Goddess using prayer beads.

Repetition was the earliest from of prayer. And prayer beads (or ropes) have not been exclusive to Catholics, many religions have used prayer beads. Many numbers of beads have been used in these including 150, 100, 81, 50 or 33 beads.

Tibetan Malas (Buddhist, Hindu) prayer beads usually number 108 but can be as many as 111, the Bahai use 95, 72 for Greeks and Cabalists and Islam uses 99.

Some Pagan prayer beads are dedicated to the three faces of the goddess, maiden, mother and crone. The number of beads varies but one favorite is three sets of 13 (which totals 39 which, when worked out in numerology to equal 3+9=12 which then reduces to 1+2= 3 – 3 being the number of the triple goddess.) Plus thirteen is the traditional number of a coven.

The most common colors for the Triple Goddess prayer beads are 13 white (or crystal) beads (maiden), 13 red beads (mother) and 13 black beads (crone). Prayers or chants are then repeated on each bead appropriate to that aspect of the goddess. Some put 3 large silver beads between each set of 13 beads and these can be used to meditate on some aspect of the goddess (often smaller separator beads are used to separate the larger beads and not used for prayer). Often the ends of the strand are tied together where an appropriate pendant or tassel is tied on the end.

There are beautiful ones made of 3 sets of 13 blue or purple prayer beds with white pearls used as separators and 3 crystal beads between those as meditations beads. For one color strands…this combination of a color, pearls or silver beads has endless variations. One can make them dedicated to one of the elements, choose birthstones or simply make it out of crystal beads.

There is a 13 bead +3 type of prayer string dedicated to the phases of the moon. The colors chosen were crystal for the First Crescent (Maiden), white for the Bright Moon (Mother) and black for the Dark Moon (Crone). It ends with a silky black tassel and is quite striking in its simplicity.

There are also expensive and breathtakingly beautiful sets in the three favorite colors of amber, 13 amber (gold colored for the maiden), 13 cherry or cognac (for the mother), and 13 green (for the crone) with small pearls used as separators and large Jet beads for the meditation beads. Amber and Jet are the traditional stones of a Wiccan High Priestess (who follows the tradition of having no metal in circle.) Amber, pearl and jet are all organic stones. Amber is fossilized tree sap, pearls are oyster excretions around sand, and jet is fossilized trees. The pendant was a large piece of green amber.

When making your own prayer beads you may chose not to use the standard white, red, black colors. Be creative and choose colors that may be more personal to you and possibly even to your training or degree if a priest or priestess.

There are two great earth representatives of the Goddess being the earth and the sea. You can associate the colors green with earth and blue with the ocean. Use white for the sky representation of the goddess – the moon. So, white for the maiden (also the color of so many maiden goddesses representing the full moon), blue for the mother (the ocean which gave birth to all life) and green for the matron (crone) also the color of north, death, the ancestors and sage wisdom. Your choice for the beads may include snow quartz, sodalite and malachite.

You can decide what colors and prayers are most appropriate for you, using those symbols and words that evoke the most sincere or focused attention on the goddess as you see her…which is the primary purpose of Pagan Prayer Beads after all.